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Pupil Headliners - February 2017
1st March 2017

Pupil headliners – February 2017

Once again our pupils have distinguished themselves over a variety of activities, both academic and co-curricular.


Inter-House Music Competition

After several weeks of rehearsals, the Inter-House Music Competition concluded on 14 February with superb performances from all finalists. From Beethoven to modern rock, all pupils demonstrated a beautiful display of their talents, delighting the audience with their performances. The overall winners were:

Solo class: Abbie C, David C, India F, Zac H 

Duets class: Rosanna W and Sophie W 

Ensembles class: The Angels 

The David Jenner Prize: James G

The Peter Davis Cup: Nick W

The Peter Lewis House Music Cup: Sankey’s House 

The evening’s adjudicator was Joy Farrall, Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The final awards were presented by Dr Michael Palmer.

European Piano Teachers’ Association

Congratulations to Ramon B for winning the regional EPTA competition on 30 January. Ramon goes through to the semi-final taking place in London on 11 March.

Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench Competition

On Thursday 2 February Laura P, Lohith K, William P and Ethan H, accompanied by Mr Williamson went to Ardingly College to compete in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench Competition. The Lancing team gave a terrific performance, both in the practical and written element of the competition and finished fourth out of twelve competing schools. The afternoon proved to be a great success and was enjoyed by all!

Team members Laura P and William P with their certificates

Intermediate Mathematics Challenge

Well done to all 20 pupils who achieved Gold certificates at the recent Intermediate Mathematics Challenge: Timothy C, Robert Z, Antony L, Daniel T, Shuyan W, Jonathan W, Jon L, Yana M, Sebastian S, Toby W, Ronald H, Cecily M, Haodi W, Luke Y, Sophie W, Jack D, William S and Mortimer S

Very well done to Francis H and Pippy H who also qualified for the Olympiad paper.

Donald Bancroft One Act Play Competition

Donald Bancroft was a teacher of English and Classics at Lancing between 1946 and 1978. He was not only a charismatic teacher but also a brilliant writer of short stories, and an enthusiastic producer of school plays. In 1999 the Donald Bancroft Prize for Playwrights was instituted in his memory by his family. 

The winning one-act plays for 2017 were Love and Death by George A, and And Then There Were Some by William J. Congratulations to both students for writing and directing these beautiful plays. We thank Mr Alex Rees, Donald Bancroft's grandson, who attended a performance of the winning plays on 16 February.

George A (left) and William J (right) with Donald Bancroft's grandson, Mr Alex Rees

The AlTurnertive Prize for Art

Introduced in January 2017, the AlTurnertive Prize is Lancing's answer to the Turner Prize. All pupils and staff were invited to submit a piece of work in this exciting new venture. All submissions were displayed in the College's exhibition space in our award-winning Reception area, and judged by a panel of artists, alongside the Head Master

The category winners of the inaugural AlTurnertive prize, announced at the end of January, are:

Staff: Mrs Beverley Allen

Art Scholars: Amelia D

16-18: Gus W

14-16: Sophie M

Under 14s: Giacomo B

A public ballot for the overall winner continues for the remainder of this term, and will be announced in a future edition of this newsletter.